School of Education Commencement Ceremony 2018

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  • Where and when will Commencement be held?

    School of Education Commencement Ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Sonoma State University campus at the Green Music Center’s Weill Hall and Weill Lawn and Terrace. NO FLOWERS OR GLITTER INSIDE WEILL HALL.

  • Who is eligible to walk?

Any student completing a credential program, or a graduate of Early Childhood Studies or Master's program in Fall 2017 or have applied for graduation in May or August 2018. In case of extenuating circumstances, exemptions will be granted on a one-on-one basis for students completing in August 2018. If you need an exemption, please contact your Department Chair.

  • Commencement Student Speaker

We are pleased to announce the 2018 School of Education Commencement Student Speakers.

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Maya Thompson, Early Childhood Studies Major
Undergraduate Student Speaker

Maya began her college career at the University of Portland, Oregon, where she spent two years studying early childhood education and German.  After moving back home to Woodland, California, she attended Woodland Community College for a year while she worked part time teaching children’s crafts at Michael’s. Soon after, she was accepted to SSU, where she stayed for the next three years as an avid early childhood studies student, spending many hours in SSU’s children’s school.  She hopes to one day open her own at-home preschool and daycare center, decorated with her own artwork and cartooning alongside her students’ work.

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Leila Myers, Multiple Subject Credential Program
Credential Candidate Student Speaker

Leila Meyers is a full-time, post-baccalaureate student at Sonoma State University. She graduated, with honors, from the Hutchins School at Sonoma State University in May of 2017; receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Currently, she is in the Multiple Subject Credential Program at Sonoma State University where she attends methods classes at the university and is a student teacher at an elementary school. Her career ambition is to be an elementary school teacher; fostering the social-emotional and intellectual growth of her students as well as creating a positive and inclusive classroom of learners. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading books, and going to the gym.

  • What will graduates and credential candidates wear?

  1. Undergraduate (Early Childhood Studies)- If you are receiving a bachelor’s degree, you will wear the traditional black cap and gown. All graduates are encouraged to order regalia early to ensure correct size. You may order at the University Bookstore or at the HerffJones website. The gown and hood are rental products and must be returned after the ceremony. View the Commencement map to see the gown return location. The last day to order Gradution Regalia online is Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Orders placed after this day may incur additional fees.
  2. Credential Candidates (Multiple Subject, Single Subject, Special Education and Educational Leadership) must wear professional attire.
  3. Masters Graduates - Master's degree recipients will be hooded on stage. Students will bring thier hoods around thier arm. You may order your cap and gown at the University Bookstore or at the HerffJones website. The gown and hood are rental products and must be returned after the ceremony. View the Commencement map to see the gown return location. The last day to order Graduation Regalia online is Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Orders placed after this day may incur additional fees.
  • How and when will tickets be distributed?

Tickets are only needed for inside Weill Hall. School of Education graduates and teaching credential candidates will be allotted four tickets inside Weill Hall for their friends and family.

There is unlimited seating outside on the Weill Lawn. Tickets are not needed for outdoor seating. The lawn will have a “front row” view of what takes place on the stage via the jumbotron located outside the hall, and the state of the art sound systems that will assure each graduate’s name will be heard by all.

How and when to pick up tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up at the Student Center from 7 a.m. and to midnight on Thursday, May 3, 2018. You must bring your SSU ID card to pick your tickets. 

SCHEDULED TICKET DISTRIBUTION IS NOW COMPLETE. If you were unable to pick up your ticket(s) on the scheduled day, please complete the 2018 SSU Commencement Tickets form to obtain your tickets. This form will be available until May 15 and can be completed by using your SSU login credentials. After the form closes on May 15, no indoor tickets will be available. However, tickets are not required for the outdoor, unlimited seating area.

  • Family and Guests


There are many locations outside to accommodate guests needing handicapped/disabled seating. These areas include cement pads on the Row H, Row P and Row GG terraces. Ushers on site will be able to direct and assist all guests to these areas. There will be sign language interpreters at all ceremonies.

Local Accomodations

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Graduates, family and friends may pre-order graduation flowers, or they may be purchased at the Commencement site. Pre-Order Flowers

  • Photography and Video

There will be a professional photographer from GradImages at each ceremony to take a photo of each graduate receiving his/her diploma cover. Graduates will receive an email proof of images within 48 hours of the ceremony. GradImages provides graduates the opportunity to preregister for their graduation photos, which gives them a 20 percent off coupon for a graduation order of $50 or more and a chance to win $5,000. All six ceremonies will be live streamed. Preregister Now

  • When should graduates or credential candidates arrive?

Graduates should arrive one hour prior to their ceremony time and enter through the Schroeder Hall lobby doors, at the south end of the Music Education Building. Graduates will line up by Schroeder Hall in preparation for the processional. Please refer to the Commencement map.

  • Where and when should guests enter the Green Music Center?

Guests who will be seated in Weill Hall should enter through the main entrance to the hall. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions.

Guests who will be seated outdoors may enter the gates to the Weill Hall Lawn and Terrace at the south end of the Music Education Building. Ushers will be available to provide guidance and to answer questions.

All seating venues for the ceremony will open approximately an hour before the ceremony.

  • Parking and Directions

Parking is free on Commencement day. The lots directly adjacent to the Green Music Center (Lots L,M,N,O) provide the closest general and disabled parking. Lots G and H are also within walking distance. There will be carts making their ways around the parking lots to assist with those that need a ride up to the commencement site.

SonomaState University is located 50 miles north of San Francisco, off Highway 101, adjacent to the communities of Rohnert Park and Cotati. The link below provides directions from various parts of the Bay Area and surrounding airports. Get Directions

  • Safety and Conduct

Out of respect to all candidates and their families and guests, we ask that you remain in your seats until the conclusion of the ceremony.

Smoking, Alcohol, Weapons

Effective July 1, 2015, in order to promote the health of faculty, staff and students, the university is prohibiting smoking and the use of all tobacco and nicotine-based products, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, electronic devices and more.

There is a zero-tolerance policy at Commencement for alcohol and drugs. Guests determined to be impaired will be removed from Commencement.

Alcohol, drugs or weapons are not allowed on campus or in the Green Music Center.


Pursuant to SSU policy 1988-4; The consumption of alcoholic beverages in an SSU parking lot or any campus roadway is prohibited. Violators may be subject to criminal citation and fine.


Only service animals are permitted at commencement and they need to be clearly identified. No other animals are permitted.

It is a violation of penal code 597.7 to leave an animal in an unattended vehicle, if by doing so you endanger the health or well-being of the animal.

First Aid

An emergency first aid station and ambulance will be set up on the Upper Lawn of the Green Music Center by the restrooms. See the Maps page for the exact location.

Please remember to bring sunscreen & hats for protection against harmful UV rays. Stay hydrated and bring containers for water, as water re-fill stations are available inside the GMC venue.

For more information, visit the SSU Commencement website.